At the Mechanic: Useful European Portuguese Phrases

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Written by: | Last updated on December 22, 2023 | Est. Reading Time: 3 minutes

Navigating the intricacies of car repairs can be daunting, especially when faced with the added challenge of communicating in European Portuguese. For those venturing into Portuguese-speaking regions, a trip to the car repair shop can quickly become an overwhelming experience. However, with the right set of phrases at your disposal, this seemingly complex task can be simplified.

In this article, we delve into a video by the renowned “Mia Esmeriz Academy” that equips you with essential Portuguese phrases tailored for the car repair shop. From understanding the severity of your car’s issue to ensuring you get an official invoice, these phrases will be your trusty guide, ensuring a smooth and efficient interaction with the mechanic.


Here are the highlighted phrases:

  1. Olá, eu tenho um problema com o meu carro.
    • Translation: Hello, I have a problem with my car.
    • Usage: This is a simple yet crucial phrase to start the conversation at the repair shop, letting the mechanic know you need assistance.
  2. O meu carro está a fazer um barulho estranho.
    • Translation: My car is making a strange noise.
    • Usage: If your car is producing an unusual sound, it’s essential to describe the issue to the mechanic.
  3. Acha que é um problema sério?
    • Translation: Do you think it’s a serious problem?
    • Usage: If you’re unsure about the severity of the car’s issue, this phrase helps you gauge the mechanic’s opinion on the matter.
  4. Pode-me mostrar qual é o problema com o meu carro?
    • Translation: Can you show me what the problem is with my car?
    • Usage: If you’re curious about the specific issue, this phrase allows you to see firsthand what the mechanic found.
  5. Quanto tempo vai demorar o serviço, mais ou menos?
    • Translation: How long will the service take, approximately?
    • Usage: It’s essential to know the estimated duration of the repair, especially if you’re planning your day around it.
  6. Qual é o preço a que vai ficar, mais ou menos?
    • Translation: What is the estimated cost, approximately?
    • Usage: Before committing to any service, it’s always a good idea to get an estimated price.
  7. O que posso fazer para evitar que isto aconteça novamente?
    • Translation: What can I do to prevent this from happening again?
    • Usage: This phrase helps you gather tips on maintaining your car and preventing future issues.
  8. Preciso do meu carro hoje. É possível arranjá-lo a tempo?
    • Translation: I need my car today. Is it possible to fix it on time?
    • Usage: If you’re in a rush, this phrase communicates the urgency to the mechanic.
  9. Quando posso vir buscar o carro?
    • Translation: When can I come to pick up the car?
    • Usage: If the repair takes longer than a day, it’s crucial to know when you can retrieve your vehicle.
  10. Pode passar-me uma fatura?
    • Translation: Can you give me an invoice?
    • Usage: If you need an official record of the service, this phrase will come in handy.

Navigating the nuances of car repairs in a foreign language can be a challenging endeavor, but with the right tools and phrases, it becomes a manageable task. We trust that the insights and phrases provided from the “Mia Esmeriz Academy” have equipped you for a smoother experience at the car repair shop and helped you in your journey to learning European Portuguese.

As you continue your journey in the Portuguese-speaking world, always remember the power of effective communication. Above all, we sincerely hope you got your car fixed and that it’s running smoothly once again. Safe travels!

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